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Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 



Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wlngate.X.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland. X. C. 

Thirt)--seventh Spring Session held with the church at 
Jones Hill, Stanly Count>% X. C, on Saturday before 
first Sunday in May 1921. Also of the Xinetieth Annual 
or Fall Session held with the church at Philadelphia, 
Rutherford Count}-, X'. C, on Saturday before first 
Sunday in October. 1921. 



Jones Hill, Stanly County, N. C. 
Saturday before first Sunday in May, 1921. 

Asembled at the stand at 1 1 o'clock A. M. Praise 
and prayer by Elder W. C. Edwards, who preached the 
Introductory Sermon from these words: "Ye are the salt 
of the earth." 

Intermission one hour for dinner. 

Then the ministers and messengers convened in the 
house. Praise and prayer by Elder J. F. Mills. E^lder 
Edwards resumed his seat and proceeded. 

1. Called for the letters from the churches. These 
were handed in as called and read by brother H. M. 
Baucom, reading clerk. 

2. By motion elected Elder W. C. Edwards, Modera- 
tor and J. W. Jones, Clerk. 

3. Invited visiting ministers and messengers from 
sister associations to seats. Elder C. A. Davis, of Sa- 
lem, Elder Sam McMillan, of Abbots Creek, Elder W. 
C. McMillan, of Tennessee and brothers T. H. Bentley 
and W. A. Bentley, of Silver Creek, present and seated. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to 
seats. Elder J. M. Royal, of Fishers River and brothers 
Mabe and Henry Tucker and Sneed ,of Ab- 
bots Creek and brother Tate from Salem and Elder M. 
L. Riner of Lots Creek in Georgia were present and 
seated. Also brother H. E. Walser of Abbotts Creek. 

5. Appointed on Committee of arrangement the fol- 
lowing brethren: P. A. Howard, J. J. Hill and H. M. 
Baucom together with Moderator and Clerk. 

6. That Elders J. M. Royal, C. A. Davis, M. L. Ri- 
ner and B. L. Treece preach at the Stand tomorrow. 

7. Adjourned to 9:30 Monday A. M. 
Bendiction by the Moderator. 

Preaching Saturday at the Stand in the afternoon by 
Elders C. A. Davis and M. L. Riner. 



Service commenced as arranged yesteday. Elder J. 
M. Royal preached first from these words: "I am de- 
termined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ 
and Him crucified," followed by Elder C. A. Davis, who 
preached from 35th verse of 18th chapter of St. Luke. 

Intermission one hour for dinner. 

Then Elder M. L. Riner preached from 6th verse of 
5th chapter of Collosians, followed by Elder W. C. Mc- 
Millan from these words : "Speak that which bccometh 
sound doctrine," and closed by Elder B. L. Treece from 
this : "The hour is coming and now is when the dead 
shall hear the voice of the son of God, and they that 
hear shall live." 


Reconvened pursuant to adjournment. 

Praise and prayer by Elder W. C. McMillan. 

8. Called on arrangement Committee to report. 
Report read and approved. 

9. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees and and 
read Rules of Decorum. 

10. Called on our messengers to Sister associations 
to report. Elder J. F. Mills reported that he and El- 
der H. M. Williams and brothers Calvin Mills and J. 
F. Burrus attended Mill Branch and had a good meet- 
ing, also they attended Salem in like manner. 

11. Called on coresponding messengers present from 
Sister associations to report. Reports satisfactory. Re- 
ceived and distributed Minutes from Senter Mill 
Branch, Nolachucks, and Mountain District associations, 
trict associations. 

12. Called on Presbyteries to report, when Elder W. 
R. Helms reported that he and brother Deacons formed 
a Presbytery at Running Creek on Saturday before the 
second Sunday in April 1921 and ordained brother J. D. 
Huneycutt a Deacon, also Elder Mills reported that he 
and Elders V/. C. Edwards and M. L. Riner formed a 
Presbytery at Crooked Creek church on Saturday before 
the 4th Sunday in April 1921 and ordained brother D. 
L. Williams a Deacon. 



Bear Creek — Jim Barbee, Jason Eudy, A. J. Furr. 
Bethany — Renresented by letter. 

Concord— J. F. Burrus, M. A. Helms, Elder W. R. Helms. 
Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, S. B. Tucker. 

Crooked Creek— D. L. Williams, L. W. Greene*, H. E. Rowell. 

Flat Lake— D. P. Dunn, C. R. McLendon. 

Hig-h Hill— Elder D. S. Jones, C. T. Mills, J. J. Hill. 

High Ridge — John Smith, Lonnie Thomas, J. T. Rushing. 

Howards Chapel— R. B. Burrus, P. A. Howard, M. F. Coble. 

Jerusalem — W. H. Curlee, Crawford Thomas, Sandy Brewer. 

Jones Hill — Henry Howard, Walter Greene, Jona Morton. 

I;iberty^Oscar Broom*, Ed. Privitt*, J. B. Whitley. 

Liberty Hill— J. T. Crisco, J. C. Morton*. 

Lawyers Springs — J. W. Jones, F. A. Presler, R. L. Horne. 

Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams, J. A. Barbee. 

Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, W. R. Morton, J. C. Miller. 

New Zion — S. M. Underwood, W. A. Helms. 

Pleasant Grove— Elder J. F. Mills, L. L. Griffin T. A. Helms. 

Pleasant Hill— J. M. Taylor, J. H. Lee. 

Philadelphia — Not Represented. 

Running Creek — E. M. Hatley, J,. H. McClure, W. M. Almond. 
Union Grove — A. E. Little, S. W. Outen, F. L. Baucom. 
Wafson — W. A. Hargett, Troy Simpson, Joel Mullis. 

Absentees marked thus (*) 


Bear Creek — A. J. Furr, Jason Eudy, J. A. Barbee* 
Bethany — Represented by letter. 

Concord — J. F. Burrus, M. A. Helms*, Henry Hope*, 
r^-ooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, H. M. Greene*, D. A. Simpson. 
Clarks Grove — E. Barbee. 
Freedom — A. J. Deese. 

Flat Lake— C. R. McLendon*, D. P. Dunn*, C. C. Hall*. 
High Hill— J. J. Hill. Elder D. S. Jones, W. M. Clontz. 
High Ridge— Elder W. C. Edwards, J. P. Rushing, John Smith. 
Howards Chapel— P. A. Howard, M. F. Coble*, R. B. Burru;:^ . 
Jerusalem — W. H. Curlee, W. A. Helms, H. F. Curlee. 
Jones Hill — Henry Howard*, Walter Greene*, Jona Martin*. 
Liberty— Elder H. Taylor*, Ed. Privitt*, Oscar Broom*. 
Lawyers Springs — J, W. Jones, C. B. Edwards, Lee A. Jones. 
Meadow Creek — E. F. Huneycutt*, H. A. Williams*, Aaron Barbee\ 
Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Ti eece, J. C. Miller, W. R. Morton. 
New Zion— W. A. Helms*, S. M. Underwood*. 

Pleasant Grove— Elder J. F. Mills, H. B. Godwin, J. M. Williams. 
Pleasant Hill — Jonas Taylor, H. P. Cashion*. Sam Rinner*. 
Philadelphia — A. J. Taylor, Foster Beam, Julius Beam. 
Running Creek — E. M. Hatley, R. F. Almond. J. D. Eury. 
Union Grove— J. T. Price, T. F. Hill*, J. D. Hill*. 
Watson-*-Troy Simpson, W. A. Hargett, Joel Mullis*. 

Absentees marked thus (*) • i 



Philadelphia, Rutherford County, N. C. 

October 1st, 1921. 

Assembled in the grove on the church yard and service 
commenced at the Stand with singing and prayer by con- 
ducted by Elder D. S. Jones. 

Introductory Sermon delivered by Elder B. L. Treece 
from 4th verse of 17th chapter of St. John. 

Intermission one hour for dinner. 

Then convened in the church house at 1 :30 P. M. 

Praise and prayer conducted by Elder J. F. Mills, af- 
ter which Elder Edwards resumed the chair and pro- 
ceeded in usual order. 

1. The letters from the several churches were called 
for and read by brother Lee A. Jones, who the Clerk 
had chosen as assistant and reading Clerk. 

2. Re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards, Moderator and 
J. W. Jones, Clerk. 

3. Invited visiting; messengers from. Sister associa- 
tions to seats. The followine: were present and seated: 
Elder H. M. Williams, T, H. Bentley, W. A. Bentley 
and file of Minutes from Silver Creek. Brethren C. B, 
^'wen and D. P. Broadawav and Minutes from Abbotts 
Creek. (Eider Samuel McMillan came in Sunday even- 

4. Invited visiting brethren from Sister associations 
to peats. 

5. At this jiinct'.ire, a letter was presented from the 
church at Freedom, showing their return to good order, 
and this church was reinstated as a member of the asso- 
ciation and their m.escenger duly seated in our council. 

6. Appointed the following bre-hren a commit*"ee of 
arrangements: Lee A. Jones, H. F. Curlee and W. NI. 
Clontz, with Moderator and Clerk. 

7. Appointed on Finance committee brethren W. A. 


Hargett and P. A. Howard. 

8. Appointed Elders J. F. Mills, W. C. Edwards, D. 
S. Jones and B. L. Treece to preach at the Stand Sunday. 
Service to commence at 10 A. M. 

9. It was reported that one of our coresponding asso- 
ciations, the Mountain District, was recognizing and 
preaching Elder T. M. Standly, who we know to be in 
disorder and the following brethren were appointed to 
find the facts of said rumor and report same to our next 

10. Adjourned to 9 A. M. Monday. 
Benediction by the Moderator. 

Preaching Service conducted at the Stand Saturday 
afternoon by Elders J. F. Mills and D. S. Jones. 


Assembled around the Stand in grove at 10 A. M. 
Praise and prayer by Elder H. M. Williams. Then 
Elder J. F. Mills preached from the 20th verse of the 
12th chapter of Matthew, followed by Elder W. C. Ed- 
wards from the 10th and 11th verses of the 33rd chapter 
of Ezekiel. 

Intermission one hour for dinner. 

Afternoon Elder D. S. Jones preached from the 21st, 
verse of the 10th chapter of St. Luke, followed by Elder 
B. L. Treece, from these words: "The Lord knoweth 
them that are Llis." 

The Ministers were wonderfully blessed to preach 
Christ and Him crucified, a whole and complete Savior, 
and the only name given among men whereby poor sin- 
ners could ever be justified and saved. Surely the gospel 
was preached in power and demonstration of the Spirit 
and the Saints present built up, strengthened in faith, and 
edified and we believe this blessed gospel will be loved 
and the praise of our dear Redeemor shall go on in time 
and then through the trackless vista or ages of eternity 
where we hope to sing His praise forevermore. 


Convened in the house at 9 A. M. pursuant to adjourn- 


ment. Praise and prayer by Elder Sam McMillan. 

11. Called for report of arrangement committee. 
Report read and approved. 

12. Called roll of messengers and noted absentees. 
(Omitted reading Rules of Decorum.) 

13. Called on coresponding messengers to Sister asso- 
ciations to report. Reports were satisfactory. 

Elder Mills and brother J. F. Burrus attended Ab- 
botts Creek. 

14. Called on visiting messengers from Sister asso- 
ciations to report. Report only from Abbotts Creek and 
Silver Creek by messengers and Minutes. 

15. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder D. S. 
Jones reported that he and Elder Henry Taylor formed 
a Presbytery on Saturday before the 5th Sunday in July, 
1921 at Liberty and ordained brother Edmond Privitt 
a Deacon for that church. 

16. That we continue corespondence with Sister asso- 
ciations as follows: To Abbotts Creek, J. W. Jones, H. 
M. Baucom, J. F. Burrus, H. F. Curlee and Minutes. To 
Mill Branch, Elder J. F. Mills, J. F. Burrus, J. J. Hill, 
Arch Helms and Minutes. To Salem, J. F. Burrus and 
Minutes. To Mountain District Minutes. To Nola- 
chucky of Tennessee, Minutes. 

17. That we advise the members of our Sister churches 
who have joined Labor Unions, to withdraw from such 
LTnions immediately. 

18. Thnt our next Spring Session convenes with the 
church at Liberty, Union County, N. C. about three miles 
south of Monroe and commences on Saturday before the 
first Sunday in May, 1922 and that Elder J. F. Mills is 
appointed to preach the Introductory Sermon, Elder B. 
L. Treece his alternate, and that the Annual or Fall Ses- 
sion will be held with the church at Crooked Creek, Un- 
ion County, N. C, about twelve miles north of Monroe 
and commence on Saturday before the first Sunday in 
October, 1922. Elder W. C. Edwards to preach the In- 


troductory Sermon, Elder D. S. Jones, his alternate. 

19. That the Clerk have notices of these meetings 

20. Called on Treasurer to report. Report shows one. 
dollar and fifty five cents due the Clerk from last year. 

21. Called on Finance Committee to report. Report 
shows sent up for Minutes and Associational fund this 
year the sum of $92.30. 

22. Agreed to distribute any surplus fund to Ministers 
present at Close of meeting. $36.30 was so distributed 
after dismission. 

23. That the Clerk act as Treasurer and also have 
1100 copies of the Minutes printed and distributed in 
our usual manner. 

24. That we return thanks to God for His mercy and 
blessings, and also that we thank this church, kind Ifreth- 
ren and sisters for their generous hospitality extend- 
ed us during this meeting. 

25. Adjourn in order, after reading and approving 
above Minutes, to times and places above mentioned. 

Benediction by the Moderator. 

Elder Samuel McMillan preached a good and soul 
cheering sermon at the Stand Monday while the asso- 
ciation was in session in the house. 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator 

Wingate, N.' C. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk 

Route 2, Peachland, N. C. 


Philadelphia church is away off to one side and a con- 
siderable distance from the body of our churches, but 
every church was represented and the meeting was noted 
for peace, union, and sweet fellowship. Every one seem- 
ed to be actuated by the right spirit. Elder Mills, who 
was our Moderator for nearly thirty years, was present, 
and his zeal and Godly walk is nothing less than a bene- 
diction to all, inspiring peace, love and fellowship. We 
missed the faces of several familiar brethren, who have 
crossed over but we find a number of younger brethren 
coming in and follov\^ing the foot-steps of the fathers. 

The Lord continues to raise up witnesses to hear testi- 
mony of His goodness and mercy. 

At the of the brethren and friends of the com- 
munity much of the leisure time was spent in singing the 
old songs and preaching at nearly every place of nights 
where a Minister was present. This is like it was when 
the writer can first remember. 

The Lord certainly blesses His people in obedience. 




Bear Creek 
Clarks Grove 
Crooked Creek 
Flat Lake 
High Hill 
High Ridge 
Howards Chapel 
Jones Hill 
Liberty Hill 
Lawyers Spring 
Meadow Creek 
Mountain Creek 
New Zion 
Pleasant Grove 
Pleasant Hill 
Running Creek 
Union Grove 

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TOTALS 20| 11| 9| 10| 13| 6] 480| 92.30 
24 Churches 




Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee, Route 1, Oakboro, N. C. 1st. August 

Bethany — Miss Jane P. Jones, R. A. Wadesboro, N. C, 3rd 'August 

Concord — M. A. Helms, Chestnut St., Kanapolis, N. C. 1st Sept. 

Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, Route 2, Stanfield, N. C. 2nd July 

Crooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, Route 1, Indian Trail, N. C. 3rd July 
Flat Lake— C. R. McLendon, Route 1, Mt. Gilead, N. C. __ 4th June 
High Hill — D. S. Jones, Route 2, Monroe, N. C, __ 1st September 
High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, Route 1, Marshville, N. C, 3rd July 
Howards Chapel — J. A. Hinson, Aquadale, N. C, __ 1st September 

Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Route 2, Marshville, N. C, 2nd Aug. 

Jones Hill— J. S. Little, Oakboro, N. C. 3rd September 

Liberty- J. B. Whitley, Monroe, N. C. 

Liberty Hill— 4th July 

Lawyers Springs — H. M. Baucom, Peachland, N. C. __ 1st August 
Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams, R.7, Salisbury, N. C, 3rd August 
Mountain Creek — B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C. __ 4th September 
New Zion — W. A. Helms, Route 7, Concord, N. C. 2nd September 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C. 2nd July 

Pleasant Hill— H. P. Cashion, Route 2, Barber, N. C. 4th June 

Philadelphia — Foster Beam, Ellenboro, N. C. __ __ __ 4th August 

Running Creek— J. H. McClure, Route, Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 2nd Aug 

Union Grove— L N. Medlin, Route 2, Monroe, N. C. 2n:l Sept. 

Watson— S. L. Mullis, Route 2, Unionville, N. C, 4th May 


Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Mooresville, N. C. 
Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treece. Albemarle, N. C. 
Elder D. S. Jones, Route 2, Monroe, N. C. 


Sent up by churches this year __ __ __ __ __ $92.30 

Owing Clerk from last year ____________ 1.55 

Available $90.75 

Distributed to Ministers $36.30 

Allowance to Clerk 10.00 

For printing minutes forms and Postage _ 48.50 

Total Expense $94.80 

Deficit 4.05 

$90.75 $90.75 



1st, A Moderator, of Chief Speaker, and Clerk may 
be chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his 
seat at the hour to which the Association shall be ad- 
journed, and after prayer shall proceed to business. It 
shall be his duty to keep order, and shall be entitled to the 
same privilege of speech as that of another member; pro- 
vided, he appoint one of the members to fill the chair dur- 
ing the exercise of such privilege, and in no case shall give 
a vote unless the Association be equally divided. 

3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak' at a 
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief 
Speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himxSelf strictly to the subject in question, 
and shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the 
subject, and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, 
so as to make remarks on his slips and failings and imper- 
fections, but shall fairly give his own views of the case 
without sophistry or criticism. 

4th. No person shall speak more than three times on 
one subject without leave of the Association. 

5th. No person shall absent himself from the Associa- 
tion without leave. 

6th. No member of the Association shall address any 
other m.ember by any other term or name than that of 

7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not in- 
terrupt one member to prohibit him from speaking until 
his speech is finished, except he break the Rales of De- 

8th. The names of all members of the Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often 
as the Association may require. 

9th. A-ny member who shall willingly and knov/ingly 
break or violate any of the foregoing rules of this Asso- 
ciation, shall be reproved by the Association in any way 
they may think proper. 



Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection 
in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative un- 
ion with the divine word, and thus united with the whole 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New testarnents contain the only written revealed word of 
God, and are the only perfect rule of faith and practice 
for God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Eleciion, that 
God chose his church in Christ Jesus before the world* 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by 
transgression in Adam, the federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recov- 
er himself from his fallen state by his own free will and 

Art. -8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his righteous- 
ness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that Goci's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 
grace and never really fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be- 
lievers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only pro- ' 
per communicants of the supper; that the mode of bap- 
tism is immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is to 


be altered or changed by the inventions or opinions of 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
regularly baptised, called of God and have come under 
the imposition of hands by a regular Presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wick- 
ed will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eter-